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It’s reported that an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States have a form of lupus, with the vast majority of Black women making up that number.
Dr. Joan von Feldt, rheumatologist and GSK pharmaceutical partner explained that lupus “is an autoimmune disease that increases the risk of cardiovascular events, like heart attacks, strokes, and transient ischemic attacks (TIA), often called ministrokes.”
Primarily, there are four main types of lupus: neonatal, cutaneous, drug-induced, and systemic, which accounts for 70 percent of all lupus cases. Major tissue or organs in the body, specifically the heart, brain, kidneys, and lungs, are usually affected in half of all systemic lupus cases.
Approximately 10–15 percent of people with lupus may die prematurely due to lupus complications and more than half are affected by depression and anxiety due to the major external changes that the